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Toronto by Newsreel

Posted April 24, 2014 by Jamie Bradburn

Extensive newsreel collection now available on YouTube reveals glimpses of city’s past.

Newsreel and press photographers, Queen's Park, 1911. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 8012.

Before videographers, there were newsreel photographers. Carting their boxy cameras around, they roved the city, covering the top events of the day, racing to disasters, and hunting for oddball human interest stories that would amuse audiences. In their heyday, services like The March of Time, Movietone News, and Pathé News brought the richness of the […]

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The Days of Atomic Locomotives in America

Posted April 24, 2014 by Ron Miller

The Days of Atomic Locomotives in America

In the mid-1950s, Dr. Lyle B. Borst—a physics professor at the University of Utah who had formerly been a reactor designer with the Atomic Energy Commission—and his students in his Physics 280 Nuclear Technology course had a great idea.

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Archive Photos of the Day: Vancouver Traffic

Posted April 23, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2013 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. According to TomTom’s Traffic Index, Vancouver was the most congested city in North America for the second quarter of 2013. Despite a great walk score, bike lanes, and transit options, traffic is a part of daily life in our city — and it has been for the last century. […]

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Heritage Vancouver Top Ten Endangered Sites 2014

Posted April 21, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2013 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Heritage Vancouver Society has released their 14th annual list of the Top Ten Endangered Sites in Vancouver. #1 Hollywood Theatre Community cultural spaces The Art Deco Hollywood Theatre is a precious community landmark built in 1935-36, and one of our last intact neighborhood theatres. The current owner has not […]

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Our REAL Canadian "Secret Space" Program!

Posted March 30, 2014 by Chuck Black

          by Sarah Ansari-Manea and Chuck Black

Walter Heikkila and Sid Penstone in 1960. Photo c/o NRC.

It’s well known that Canadian space activities predate the 1989 formation of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) but its less well known that the history of those early years was mostly a history of the Communications Research Centre (CRC), the government department responsible for most of Canada’s early satellite launches.

Since 1994, this early history has come together into a fascinating window on post World War II Canadian science at the Friends of the CRC website.

The site, with its vast repertoire of Canadian space history curated and written by many of the same individuals who experienced it first hand, provides an unmatched look at some of the greatest early Canadian scientific accomplishments.

These include the Allouette satellite program, the Anik B pilot projects, the Telidon program (which from 1978 to 1985 served as the original Canadian internet), Hermes (an experimental satellite built to test early concepts for communications satellites), the development of which eventually became the Black Brant sounding rockets and even preliminary research into what became the first satellite based search and rescue systems.

Authors include J.N Barry (who begins his article on “Doppler Navigator Development” by referencing his first meeting in 1953 with other program participants), Bert Blevis (“The Pursuit of Equality: The Role of the Ionosphere and Satellite Communications in Canadian Development“), Leroy Nelms (DRTE and Canada’s Leap into Space: The Early Canadian Satellite Program“) and Gerald E. Poaps (who became the ninth member of the Radio Propagation Laboratory, the antecedent of the CRC, in 1947 and wrote about it under the title “Gerald Poaps’ Scrapbook“).

In essence, the website is a gold mine of first hand Canadian history generally lost to the public and well worth multiple viewings.
Sarah Ansari-Manea.

By checking it out, we help to preserve one of our few remaining links to our missing Canadian space history and past scientific accomplishments.

It’s the REAL, “secret space” program.

Sarah Ansari-Manea is an aspiring astrophysicist, currently completing a specialist in physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto.

Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog. 

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Harper’s History key to a Conservative Century

Posted March 28, 2014 by David Akin

Both his fans and his critics agree on one thing about Stephen Harper. He wants to transform the country, so Canadians will come to see his Conservatives and not the Liberals as the natural governing party. By the election of 2015, he will have done much in that regard. But to make that work endure, […]

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Spring Break!

Posted March 27, 2014 by Anonymous

Hey, parents of college students: Your kids are using that tuition money you gave them to take a March trip to Florida. (Hey, college students: Your secret is safe with us!) Here’s a little bit about the history of Spring Break.

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Curious Mysteries at The Winnipeg Legislative Building

Posted August 20, 2013 by Corbin Fraser

Dan Browns famous novel “The Da Vinci Code” mixes history, mystery, and a curious plot that keeps pages turning. Whether you love it or hate it, I personally remember putting that book down several times while reading it and thinking “Woah, it all makes sense!“. That feeling of “what the…” is hard to come by. […]

Curious Mysteries at The Winnipeg Legislative Building is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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My Place Of Work 136 Years Ago

Posted November 27, 2012 by Anonymous

Another in the occasional series showing how my place of work was protected by a seawall… or a lake wall at least with cannon. I like how this drawing by George Harlow White from 1876 gives a sense of scale of the wall’s height.

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